Our Brother’s Keeper

The Rich Man and Lazarus

September 26, 2010: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Preferential Option for the Poor is a basic principle of Catholic social teaching. It essentially underscores that we are our brother’s keeper, especially where it concerns the most vulnerable among us including unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression.  This responsibility is the focus of this past Sunday’s readings, especially Jesus’ message to the Pharisees (and … [Read more...]

It’s a Relationship Business

The Unjust Steward by Jan Luyken

September 19, 2010: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time The parable of The Dishonest Steward is a difficult one. However, although it is omitted from the short version of this past Sunday’s gospel reading, it has much to teach us about relationships.  Really?!  Doesn’t the dishonest steward just cozy up to his master’s debtors with more dishonesty?  Let’s take a look. The Context. This parable has to be understood in the light of the Palestinian custom of stewards acting on behalf of their … [Read more...]

They Know Not What They Do


September 12, 2010: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time The daily Mass readings this past week urged us to conduct our affairs in a manner pleasing to God. In 1 Corinthians, St. Paul urged us to purge immorality from our lives (Mon.), deal justly with one another (Tue.), refrain from idolatry (Thu.), exercise discipline (Fri.), and respect the Eucharist (Sat.).  Given we often fall short at one time or another, how fitting it is to begin this week with an unmistakable reminder of God's mercy! The … [Read more...]

Three Critical Questions


September 5, 2010: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Who am I? Where am I?  Where am I going?  These three critical questions can be applied to the readings this past Sunday and can assist us as we apply the teachings in our daily lives throughout the week and beyond. Who Am I? "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother…he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26). What?! Okay, Jesus isn’t really encouraging us to hate our parents, but we do need to love them less (really a better … [Read more...]

Allow Mother Church to Carry You

Mother Church

I am thirty-four years in age and until a year ago, other than the death of an extended elderly relative here and there, my life had been fairly free of traumatic events. The most traumatic, life-changing event in my life has been the sudden death of my father on September 30, 2009. While working in his yard on a beautiful day last fall, he was killed when part of a tree fell and landed on him. He died at the age of fifty-eight, and there hasn’t been a day since that I haven’t thought about him … [Read more...]